Everything You Should Know Before Performing a Lash Lift
Posted by Elyse Aufmann on
Lash lifts are a fantastic way to give clients the stunning lashes they deserve! If you've never performed a lash lift before, you may be nervous to add them to your list of services. But there's no need to be worried. Proper training is key and courses can be purchased at Elleebana Store USA. Mastering lash lifts is easier than it looks. To help you with the basics, we will go over everything you should know before performing a lash lift below. Learn how to lift lashes the Elleebana way with Elleebana Store USA!
What's a Lash Lift?
A lash lift is a treatment that's a perm for your eyelashes. During the treatment, a licensed professional uses a chemical formula to relax the lash hairs and curl them from base to tip. This gives the lashes a subtle, natural curl that lasts 6-8 weeks with proper care.
How Do You Perform a Lash Lift?
If you've never performed a lash lift before, it might seem intimidating. But lash lifts are easier than they look. With determination and a bit of practice, you'll become a lash lifting pro in no time! To help lash lift beginners out, here's a brief rundown of the lash lifting process:
Step One: Consultation
The first step to every lash lift is conducting a thorough consultation with each client. Every client is unique in both their lashes and preferences. Some have short lashes; some have curly lashes. Some want a bold look; some want a natural look. Understanding your client's wants and needs is the key to providing top-tier results.
Perform a Patch Test
Elleebana's lash lift formula is designed to be gentle, but some clients may still be sensitive to it. You don't want clients to have an adverse reaction to the treatment, which is why it's essential to perform a patch test before proceeding with a lash lift. If your client does not want a patch, then they must sign a consent form to protect you and your salon.
To perform a patch test, apply a small amount of product to a quarter-sized patch of skin. Choose an out-of-the way area that’s unlikely to be disturbed, like behind the ear or in the bend of the elbow. Clean the area thoroughly with soap and water before applying the product. Leave the product on for as long as it would be on their skin normally. For a lash lift, this would only be 4-7 minutes. After time is up, check for a reaction and then wash it off. Repeat the patch test once or twice a day for a week straight. You may need to send the client home with a sample of the product so that they don't have to come into the salon each time.
If your client has a reaction to the product, do not proceed with the treatment. Symptoms to watch for include:
- A rash
Prepare Your Client
If the patch test goes smoothly, your client can book their treatment time! There are a few instructions you'll want to provide them with when they book.
Your client should avoid using waterproof mascara or any lash serums for at least 48 hours prior to their appointment, as they can have adverse effects on the treatment. They should also avoid curling their lashes for at least 24 hours prior to their appointment.
On the day of their appointment, they should arrive with clean eyes. That means no makeup, no falsies, and no contact lenses. If your client has an eye infection, they'll need to reschedule their appointment for health and safety reasons.
The Supplies: What You Need
The day has arrived! For a smooth and successful treatment, you'll need to do some prep work of your own. For a lash lift treatment, you'll need these products on hand:
- Lifting solution
- Setting solution
- Lifting rods or shields (various sizes)
- Lash lift adhesive
- Makeup remover
- Application brush
- Lash lifting tool (lash lift tool, isolator tool, or tree tool)
Our Elleebana lash lift kits contain everything you need for lash lift treatments. We also sell our lash lift products separately.
Clean the Lashes
With your client in their chair and your tools at your side, it's time to get started. First, you'll need to clean your client’s lashes and eyelids. You can use our gentle Elleebana Makeup Remover to do so.
Apply the Rod
Once the lashes are nice and clean, you can apply the lash lift rods or shields. Make sure to use the correct size. The lashes should cover two-thirds of the rod. As a rule, the shorter the lashes, the smaller the rod, and vice versa. When in doubt, medium-sized rods accommodate most eye shapes and lash lengths. Our Elleebana tree tool has a convenient measuring guide. Position the rods and use lash glue to secure them to your client's eyelid.
Apply Lashes to the Rod
Next, you'll need to apply lash lift glue to the rod or shield and pull the lashes up onto it using your lash lifting tool. This will adhere the lashes to the rods and hold them in place. Don’t use too much glue, as this can be a barrier to the lifting and setting solutions.
Apply Lash Lift Lotion
Now, using your application brush, apply the lift lotion to the lashes. Processing times vary depending on the kind of lashes your client has. Use this overview to determine the best processing times for your client:
Short Processing Time
If your client has thin, soft, sparse, or lightly colored lashes, use a 4-minute lift time and a 3-minute set time.
Average Processing Time
For clients with lashes of average strength, thickness, and density. Let lift for 6 minutes and set for 5 minutes.
Extended Processing Time
For thick, dark lashes that resist the lifting process, use a 7-minute lift time and a 5-minute set time.
Remove & Set
Once the processing time is over, you can remove the lash lift lotion first with a dry cotton swab, and follow with a damp cotton swab. Then apply the setting lotion. Let the setting solution sit for the recommended set time and then remove.
Almost done! Gently remove the silicone rods with a thorough eye bath with lukewarm water to remove any leftover lotion and glue residue. This is very important so your client’s lashes don’t continue to process after the treatment. Lastly, apply Elleebana Elleeplex aftercare clear mascara after the treatment.
Would you look at that: beautiful, stunning lashes! To maintain these incredible results, your client will need to follow a few instructions. We have Elleebana Lash Lift Aftercare Flyers that you can give to clients post-treatment so they have these instructions on hand.
Clients should avoid getting their lashes wet (especially heat and steam) for the first 24-48 hours. They should also avoid using makeup (except for Elleevate Mascara) for the same time period. Finally, they should avoid touching the lashes. No poking, prodding, rubbing, or sleeping face-down or on their side.
Now that you’re aware of everything you should know before performing a lash lift, you're almost ready to do your first treatment. As always, we recommend getting properly trained. But first, you'll need to stock up on the necessary supplies. At Elleebana Store USA, you can find all the Elleebana lash lift supplies you need. Shop today for lifting and setting solutions, lash lift adhesive, silicone rods or shields, Elleeplex Aftercare Formula, Elleevate Mascara, and more!